Older Person | Mental Health First Aid

Older Person
Mental Health First Aid

Learn how to assist people aged 65+ who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Older Person MHFA

An introduction to the Older Person MHFA course

The 12-hour Older Person Mental Health First Aid course is for any interested adult, particularly those who work with, live with or care for older people, including families and carers.

You will learn how to assist a person aged 65+ who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based action plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

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What’s the format?

This is a 12-hour course, which is usually delivered as either:
A 2-day training package (6 hours per day), or as 4 separate modules (3 hours each)

Who can attend?

Any adult can attend.

What is the cost?

MHFA Australia does not centrally coordinate courses or set fees. Your local instructor can confirm their attendance fees.

Why attend a course?

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided.

Why MHFA?

MHFA course
accreditation

Demonstrate your mental health first aid skills by becoming an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Complete an online assessment after the course to become Accredited.

What the course covers

Learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in older people, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Developing mental health problems covered

Depression and anxiety
Confusion and Dementia
Psychosis

Mental health crisis situations covered

Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
Panic Attacks
Delirium
Unsafe and challenging behaviours due to confusion

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MHFA course near you

Mental Health First Aid courses are run all over Australia. Click the button below and search for a course in your area.

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Comments and feedback from
previous participants

"Very informative and interesting. I feel that after attending this course, I have greater knowledge and skills to deal with issues concerning Mental Health within an employment and personal capacity"

Zara

"I found this course extremely enlightening, relevant and helpful. I believe this course is essential to everyone working with older people and also to families, church communities and the community at large"

Shanta

"Interesting, very important as well. People need to be aware of this course to assist a loved one or someone in need to get the right information and assistance"

Koichi